I have always enjoyed other people’s artworks, so when I struck a very lonely period during a 14 year stint in the goldfields of Western Australia with my husband Noel, I joined an evening art class to meet people, learn the basics of drawing and experience the different mediums. Messing about with charcoal progressed to a love of pastels and I have since enjoyed many hours “off the planet” totally absorbed, trying to learn the art.
I joined the Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group (Kalgoorlie WA) and consequently was elected as Secretary/Treasurer which also became Exhibition organiser. The next 6 years in this role (3 major and several minor exhibitions per year) plus a full time job with severe deadlines, left me with little time to do my own painting. It was not until we returned to NZ in 2002 that I picked up my pastels again.
I was introduced to PANZ in 2004, joined the National Committee in 2005, then became convener for the National Art Awards at Mapua in 2006, Dunedin 2010 and again in Mapua 2016. I was the Editor of the NZ Pastel Artist (National Newsletter) from 2012 to 2016 (inclusive) and served on the PANZ Executive Committee for 12 years
The Nelson Area meets every Tuesday morning Feb to Nov at the Mapua Hall. We welcome visitors and new members warmly. I love putting PANZ and Pastel “out there” and seeing our membership grow as people become acquainted with both the medium and our Society.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to win a number of awards.
My choice of subject matter is very varied but I really enjoy portraits. As there is not much call for them, I concentrate on florals and/or still life. Odd subjects come a close second.